See This, Skip That: Burbank

The movie sets that abound in Burbank might do a good job at recreating the past. But history is alive and well at the Mentzer House. Operated by the Burbank Historical Society to help preserve this city's history, this is an 1880s Victorian house showcasing 19th-century era rooms along with vintage cars and aviation displays. Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Research Your Favorite Actor, Don't Just Gawk at Them

That supermarket tabloid might tell you where your favorite celebrity got her nails done last week. But at Book Castle's Movie World, you can go deep. Decades worth of books and articles about actors and movies are stocked here; newspaper clips date back to the 1920s and there are back issues galore, from Saturday Evening Post to TV Guide. This is a great place to find old movie posters, too.

See the Show, Skip the Tour

Several production studios call Burbank home, and their behind-the-scenes tours are popular – though sometimes pricey – draws. But watching a taping of your favorite sitcom is free! You can find several companies that dole out these tickets online, or on the street, even. Keep in mind, you won't be in and out in 30 minutes; audiences for these shows are often required to allocate several hours out of their day. But the reward is seeing your favorite actors in action (and maybe even hearing yourself on the laugh track when the show airs on TV).

Gabe Saglie is senior editor for Travelzoo, which features hotel, airfare and a bevy of local deals in Burbank.

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